It's hard to turn on the television these days without running into Daphne Oz - lovable mother, fun host, fair judge, and happy cook. With a schedule as packed as hers, flitting from one shoot to the next, one exciting project to the other, the holidays are a time to focus on family traditions and, most importantly, delicious food.

How does America's literal sweetheart manage to juggle it all, and still save time for entertaining in her neutral sanctuary of an Upper East Side apartment? Well, hostessing is never without it's difficulties. But if you take note from Daphne, and remember not to forget ice - you're sure to be ten steps ahead!

Take an inside look at Daphne's gorgeously cozy home, and be sure to check out her space at The Dining Room by Marie Callender's this December for even more design inspiration!

[Photos by Wendy Ploger]